Davie boys win on Sell’s shot
From staff reports
For once, it was not one of the twins that won a basketball game for the Davie County boys.
Peyton Sell took a pass from Taylor Hatfield and swished a 3-pointer from the right corner with 3.7 seconds left to defeat Mount Tabor 67-64 in the Central Piedmont Conference championship game on Friday in Mocksville.
Davie rebounded a Tabor miss with under 10 seconds left but didn’t call a timeout.
“Experience told me not to overcoach it,” said War Eagles coach Mike Absher.
The War Eagles actually led by 15 points in the fourth quarter before Tabor (24-3) tied it at 62-all. It was tied at again 64 when Sell won it. Davie knocked the ball out of bounds with 2.8 seconds left and a desperation Spartan heave at the buzzer fell short, prompting a storming of the court by students.
Davie (20-5), which beat Reagan by a point a night earlier in the semifinals, earned the CPC’s second seed and will play at home on Monday.
“It’s hard when momentum shifts like that, but we really showed composure,” Absher said. “I told the guys that last year we won the tournament and it propelled us in the playoffs. We won two last year in the tournament and had to win three times this year. We made some great, tough plays.”
Davie did it without getting much from Caleb Martin, who played only 10 minutes due to foul trouble. He scored only seven. Austin Hatfield led Davie with 17, followed by Cody Martin and Sell with 10 each.
Salisbury boys: No. 4
Salisbury’s boys lost 53-47 to East Davidson in a CCC seeding game played on Friday at Lexington.
East Davidson, Salisbury and Lexington tied for second in the league. East Davidson earned the No. 3 seed Friday, while the Hornets (9-17) will be the league’s No. 4 seed for the 2A playoffs. Salisbury will be on the road on Monday.
Salisbury led 40-35 in the fourth quarter when East Davidson went on an 8-0 run. Salisbury was forced to come out of its zone and foul, and the Golden Eagles (8-17) hit their free throws. In fact, they hit six more than the Hornets, and that was the difference.
Nick Brown led Salisbury with 10 points.
Playoff pairings will be released today. Carson’s girls are certain to play at West Rowan in a 6 vs. 11 game in 3A.
North Hills hoops
The North Hills varsity girls beat the Piedmont Community Charter School Patriots 59-28 to win the conference tournament championship.
Senior Abby Lane had 18 points and seven assists. Madison Link scored 10 points and had three assists. Mariah Murdock had seven rebounds. Senior Taylor Foster had six rebounds, four assists and two blocks, C.C. Lyerly had six rebounds. Senior Abbey Cody had three assists.
• The North Hills middle school girls capped an undefeated season with a 53-38 win against Success Institute in the PAC-8 championship game.
Dajah Glenn scored 14 points, while Marissa Murdock and Mary Kaufmann scored 10 each.
North Hills has had two straight undefeated conference seasons.
• The North Hills jayvee boys lost to Piedmont Community Charter 70-64 in the tournament championship game.
Ian Bradshaw scored 21 points for the Eagles, while Chris Norris had 12.
The Eagles were regular-season co-champions.
Catawba hosts Newberry in a SAC doubleheader today, starting at 2 p.m.
The Newberry men are coached by former Pfeiffer coach Dave Davis.
• Livingstone hosts Winston-Salem State in a CIAA doubleheader that starts at 5:30 p.m. tonight.
The men’s game matches two teams ranked in the Atlantic Region. Livingstone, ranked sixth, will try to finish a sweep of second-ranked Winston-Salem State.
7th-grade boys hoops
Southeast won 68-34 against China Grove.
Jailen Williams led the Patriots (10-0) with 15 points, and Elijah Moss scored 13. Cole Sifford scored nine, and Jamarius Hairston had seven. Jay Wilkerson and Cameron Prugh added six each.
Southeast plays North Rowan on Monday.
• Josh Ellis scored 23 points to spark Erwin to a 56-31 win against Corriher-Lipe
Cole Perry scored 11 points for Erwin (5-5), while Bryson Sprinkle and Xavier Saunders added eight and five points, respectively.
The Yellow Jackets (2-7) were led by Connor Childers with 11 points. Marquis Rhyne scored 10, and Cory Sellers added six.
7th-grade girls hoops
Southeast defeated China Grove 36-11. Olivia Gabriel scored 13 points, Alexandra Linder had 10, and Maren Shumaker added eight for the Patriots.
• North Rowan Middle beat West Rowan Midle 40-14. Egypt Alexander led the Mavericks with 17 points, and Tanajah Robinson scored 14.
Morgan Corriher and Niajah Wilson scored five apiece to lead the Bulldogs.
• Caroline Johnson’s 12 points and 12 rebounds, led Erwin to a 33-16 victory over Corriher-Lipe.
Sidney Taylor and Anna Shafer scored seven and six points, respectively, for the Eagles (6-4). Mia Graham and Shafer grabbed 10 and nine rebounds, respectively.
Corriher-Lipe (3-6) was paced by Jaylee Rollins with six points.
Charlotte beat Pfeiffer 7-4 on Thursday. Justin Seager (NW Cabarrus) had two hits for the 49ers (3-1), and Justin Roland (East Rowan) had a double.
Jacob Yates had three of the Falcons’ 10 hits.
Major League baseball
Frank Francisco is still recovering from an ailing elbow, so Bobby Parnell (East Rowan) appears to be the probable closer for the New York Mets when the season opens.
The Kannapolis Komets will have a call-out for girls in grades 8-12 this Sunday at the Kannapolis Middle School gym from 1-3 p.m.
The Komets compete in several organizations such as AAU, YBOA, USSA, and USBA. The Komets are starting their seventh season and under the direction of club director Doug Wilson ( 704-933-5988 ).
The Komets plan to field two teams this year.
West hoops camp
The inaugural West Rowan spring basketball camp is coming in March.
There will be six sessions every Wednesday from 6-8 p.m. starting on March 20.
The camp is for boys in grades 6-8.
The cost is $20, but scholarships are available, if necessary, to help anyone who wants to attend.
The camp director is Mike Gurley. He will be joined by his Falcon staff, Keith Sherrill, Clint Mauldin, and others.
The camp is designed to help middle school players prepare for high school basketball. Contact Coach Gurley at 704-798-2074 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rowan Little League
Final Rowan Little League baseball and softball registrations are from 9-4 today at Godley’s Garden Center. Contact Dan Wales at 704-633-4071, Jeff Bernhardt at 704-326-5255 or Wade Furches at 704-633-2873.